Where do ideas originate?


Where do ideas originate? As a practicing artist, I’m constantly chasing inspiration, dancing with shapes and colors. I’ve experienced moments of immense creative wealth, times when I’d lose track of eating and sleeping as ideas poured abundantly (though family obligations would eventually pull me back to reality). I’m immersed in a river of inspiration, navigating transparent waters teeming with bubbling creativity.

Yet, there are those quiet, dry spells—sometimes lasting months—where shapes and colors evade me. In the stillness of a total lack of ideas, doubts and fears emerge, a phase I call the ‘death’ of creativity, integral to its fertile phases. Paradoxically, it’s during these silent months that ideas germinate. In the creative months, creation flourishes, the result of a prior phase of peaceful absence and emptiness.

Within the natural rhythm between these apparent polarities, my artistic production thrives. Embracing the concept of the Sacred Empty is a hard pill for action-oriented individuals. Often, culturally, ‘doing’ is praised, and acquiring tools or enrolling in courses is encouraged. Yet, over time, stress consumes, and creative momentum dwindles. Repetition and stagnation loom.

In my work, I’ve found an unexpected ally: Boredom. Always attentive, it rescues me from repetition and stagnation, fostering harmony. I traverse life and death stages, silence and noise, fullness and emptiness. Boredom demands a change and pushes me toward rejuvenation.

My role as a consultant, teacher, artist hinges on a simple recipe: slow down, dismantle, and create space through art. Slowing down the body and mind, deconstructing the mountain of old ideas and prejudices, leads to the Sacred Empty—the source and destination of all creativity. It’s an experience defying description, a place where shedding false dimensions becomes imperative.

Observing my students immersed in this sacred space, I witness their focus and relaxed demeanor, having shed societal constructs. They step into creativity, leaving behind replicas and embracing their fresh, original ideas. It’s challenging to linger in the empty/full polarity, but it’s the sole path toward a life current capable of self-regeneration.

manuelametra
manuelametra

Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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